Ascent of Mount Rogers on 2011-04-12

Climber: Tony Gentry

Others in Party:Wife
13 year old son
12 year old son.
Date:Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rogers
    Elevation:5729 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

This hike to summit from the main parking area is about 9 miles out and back, but it takes you through fascinating terrain changes -- woods, fields, balds, rocky outcroppings for the kids to climb on -- and there are wild ponies all along the way. If you're used to hiking in the Blue Ridge, the balds and ponies will be new, and the views afforded are well worth the walk. At the top, however, you enter a copse of evergreens dripping with moss, and walk the last quarter mile through these woods to a little boulder marking the peak. We walked it on a lovely spring day with a mild breeze, grand views, maybe met 30 people total along the way. If you have a dog, may want to keep it on leash, especially if it's likely to chase the ponies, which is a major no no. We stopped on the way down and watched a herd of ponies doing pony things -- seemed to be a dominance battle of some sort going on between a couple stallions -- fascinating.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear

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